Poetry Friday: Poetry & picture books – an interview with Linda Brennan

First of all, let me say thank you to everyone who has sent me warm wishes and thoughts regarding the passing of my mom two weeks ago. Last Friday, I posted the poem I wrote for her and dad, and have had numerous folks asking if they could share it – and by all means, please feel free to do so! It’s a wonderful way to keep her spirit alive, connecting others with what I have to imagine is a universal theme.

And although it has been a sad, melancholy time, it turned quite jubilant two days ago when I saw this had been officially announced in Publisher’s Weekly:

You read that correctly – it’s scheduled for THIS FALL, which is lightning-fast in this business. Illustrations are already underway, and I can’t wait to tell you more as we get closer to launch date!

So between the highs and lows that 2021 has kicked off with, today I wanted to share a post from someone else’s blog! I recently enjoyed the privelege of being interviewed by Rhode Island author Linda Crotta Brennan, for her blog, Lupine Seeds, and am so happy to be able to share that interview with you here!

It was great fun sharing my thoughts on writing poetry, publishing poetry, and understanding poetry – and how I’ve managed to transfer my love and knowledge of the genre to picture books. She also asked me about my collaborations, like Don’t Ask a Dinosaur (POW! Kids Books, 2018), co-authored with Deborah Bruss, and my upcoming book with Charles Ghigna, Once Upon Another Time (Beaming Books, March, 2021), which were a lot of fun to write. I do hope you’ll check it out!

In the interview, I offer a few suggestions for poetry books you might consider reading, if you want to learn more about writing or reading poetry, particularly children’s poetry. So I thought I’d share one of the poems Laura Purdie Salas published a few years ago in her book, Catch Your Breath: Writing Poignant Poetry (Capstone, 2015), the perfect book for teens who are just starting to get their feet wet writing poetry:

Abandonment (haiku)

sparrow sweetly sings
melancholy melody;
her mate, on the ground.

© 2015 Matt Forrest Esenwine, all rights reserved

Laura had wanted a poem that showcased alliteration, assonance, and consonance – so I gave her as short a poem as I could, ha! Today, Margaret Simon is hosting the Poetry Friday roundup at her blog, Reflections on the Teche, with some nestling poems (found poems created from within another poem) she crafted from Richard Blanco’s One Today.


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17 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Poetry & picture books – an interview with Linda Brennan

  1. lindabaie

    I’m looking forward to your book with Charles, Matt, & will check out this interview! Love the poem for Laura, too, though the ending hits hard. I just put up a new feeder & finally, after waiting, birds found it! Have a nice weekend!


  2. I am so glad that I had a chance to read the poem you wrote last week-added a comment. Thank you for sharing it. Today’s post is full of wonderful little tidbits-great news about your upcoming picture book and venture with Charles G. I wish you prosperity this year and many more wonderful opportunities to showcase your work, Matt.


  3. Mitchell Linda

    Woot! Go, Matt, GO! I’m so happy to see you with another publication coming out soon. It must be increasingly challenging to juggle the wonderful bits of success. But, you can do it! Just keep swimming and writing. I’m wishing you lots and lots of good words.


  4. I still love that poem, Matt–that echo in melancholy melody. Sigh. And it seems a perfect accompaniment to Linda Baie’s poem at TeacherDance this week. Congratulations on the happy announcement. The happy and sad. The flight and the feathers on the ground. We live it all, helped by poetry!


  5. margaretsmn

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to get your book for my grandsons. Please be sure to let me know when it’s out how I can get a signed copy.


    1. Thank you so much, Margaret! If you’re interested, pre-orders are available – and if you purchase through our local bookstore (links are attached to all these covers), I can sign it, if you’d like. I’ll definitely be sharing more news as we get closer to the publication date!


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